1787 New York Excelsior
Among the Finest Known
AU55 [PCGS Gold Shield]
Breen-980, W-5785 Eagle Left variety, considered to be Rarity-5+.
Among the most popular colonial issues based on its striking New York state arms obverse design above EXCELSIOR (translated as EVER HIGHER), and impressive heraldic eagle reverse.
And while many survivors of this type are impaired, or rough, or low grade, or simply dark and dull, this is a gloriously glossy golden brown and extremely eye appealing Choice AU with surfaces about as hard and smooth as we have ever seen on this type.
Awesome provenance too.
Ex Stack's October 2018 sale of the Archangel Collection, lot #7089; earlier Stack’s May 1976 sale of the Laird Park Collection, lot #58; earlier H. and S. H. Chapman’s April 1904 sale of the John G. Mills Collection, lot #349.
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